Posts Tagged Social Security Disability

What benefits do I have access to if I am disabled?

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Friday, August 29, 2014.

Living with a disability can sometimes be a challenge for many people. Depending on the severity of the condition, everyday tasks may be difficult or even impossible to perform without someone else’s help. Oftentimes, this leads to life-long care, which may come with a hefty price tag.

Thankfully, the United States government has programs in place that can help provide financial assistance to people with disabilities. While we have discussed these programs before, we realize that some of you may be new to our blog, which is why we wanted to […]

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FCC rule will make 911 more accessible for the disabled

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Thursday, August 14, 2014.

When there is an emergency, most people dial 911 without thinking. Oftentimes afterwards, they are glad that they did because this service sends responders to your location when you or someone else is in need of help.

But what is being pointed out by a new federal rule is the fact that people with disabilities may also require the help of emergency responders or may want to call for help on someone else’s behalf. With the current system though, this is particularly difficult for someone who is mute or […]

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How society creates physical and verbal barriers for disabilities

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Friday, June 27, 2014.

If someone asked you to think of the term “disability,” what words would come to mind? If you’re like a lot of people across Illinois, you might define it as a physical or mental condition that limits a person’s ability to move, obstructs the senses and/or encumbers activities. As readers of our blog know though, this is not how the Social Security Administration defines disability. Instead, it is considered to be a condition that affects a person’s ability to work.

Regardless of your personal definition, it’s worth noting that […]

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SSA offices close as the need for benefits increase

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSI on Wednesday, June 18, 2014.

While many offices are being closed by the Social Security Administration the need for benefits continues to increase. Individuals are facing longer waits as a result when seeking information.

The 64 field offices that were closed since 2010 is the largest number closed in the history of the agency. Hours have also been reduced in 1,245 other field offices as well. According to a congressional report, impact on local communities is seldom taken into account when these office closings occur. One senator stated: “The closure process is neither fair nor transparent […]

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Research may lead to figuring out what causes schizophrenia

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

There are currently 2.4 million adults suffering from schizophrenia in the United States and the cause is not entirely clear. However, research appears to be shedding light upon this illness.

As a disabling brain disorder, schizophrenia makes it difficult for a victim of such a malady to perform everyday tasks. The condition often first appears between the ages of 16 and 30 and researchers believe it is hereditary in nature. While the disease affects approximately one percent of the population, approximately 10 percent of individuals that have it also have a […]

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Differences between SSI and SSDI

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSI on Monday, June 2, 2014.

There is often confusion between the differences in Social Security disability insurance benefits and Supplemental Security Income. While both programs are administered by the Social Security Administration, SSI is need based and is for individuals with limited financial resources.

SSI is available for individuals 65 or older and can be used to assist disabled children or adults of any age. However, SSI does not generate benefits necessarily to other members in the family.

The maximum amounts received will be essentially the same for individuals in Illinois as in any other part of […]

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Untreated mental illness costs everyone a significant price

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Monday, May 19, 2014.

There is a stigma concerning people individuals suffering from mental illness and consequently the problem is often ignored. Congressman Tim Murphy summed up the circumstances for the mentally ill in this manner: “We have replaced the hospital bed with the jail cell, the homeless shelter and the coffin.” He wonders aloud how such circumstances could be considered compassionate.

States have cut services that were aimed at assisting these individuals. From 2009 until 2012 mental health services have been cut $5 billion by state governments. Close to 10 percent of psychiatric hospital […]

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SSI requirements when it pertains to payment for children

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSI on Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

The relationship of parent to child is the determining factor when decisions are being made as to whether a child is eligible for a payment from the Social Security Administration. The child could be eligible for payments whether a marriage between the two parents is ongoing or has ended.

If the child is disabled, however, determinations will have to be made concerning what individual is actually to receive the Social Security payments. This is generally determined by actual custody or legal responsibility for the child. For example, if the non-custodial parent […]

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Early Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis and expedited claims

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Thursday, May 8, 2014.

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. This disease takes a tremendous toll upon the individual suffering from the condition and on the family of that person as well.

Sadly, we are also seeing a large number of cases dealing with early onset of Alzheimer’s. One woman’s mother began showing signs of this condition when she was 62-years-old. The mother demonstrated signs of serious confusion, had left bills unpaid which resulted in the heat in the home being shut-off and she did not seem to have the capacity to deal with […]

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The need for expedited claims among the severely disabled

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Thursday, May 1, 2014.

We have spoken about the Compassionate Allowances program for expedited claims. Recently certain medical conditions have been added to the compassionate allowance listing allowing for claims to be more quickly reviewed. Also, the Social Security Administration has been fast-tracking disabled veteran applications where the veteran demonstrates that he or she is 100 percent disabled.

Other than the expediting of claims, recipients under the Compassionate Allowance still must go through the same application process. This means that the Social Security Administration will require the same level of […]

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